Basée à Los Angeles, Marina Allen est difficile à catégoriser, puisant dans des influences aussi variées que Joanna Newsom, les Beach Boys, le loft jazz, Meredith Monk et l’avant-garde new-yorkaise, Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter, Karen Dalton et Fiona Apple.
Repérée dès 2021 avec sa première sortie chez Fire Records, ‘’Candlepower’’, qui a été grandement acclamée par la critique, elle fait rapidement les premières parties d’Andy Sauf et des concerts spéciaux au festival SXSW.
En 2023, le Guardian l’a déjà classée comme une des artistes les plus prometteuses de l’année, et Rough Trade a placé son deuxième album ‘’Centrifics’’ en vedette dans ses Albums de l’Année…
Toujours sorti chez Fire Records, ce second opus dévoile une musique complexe et émouvante, mais aussi nettement plus féroce et audacieuse.
Marina Allen is a once-in-a-decade five-tool musician: She writes beautiful melodies and brilliant lyrics, expresses her ideas with an unusual voice of extraordinary depth and range, thinks in fanciful arrangements, and constantly navigates the knife-edge between too much and too little. Allen’s fully formed and astonishingly confident 2021 debut, Candlepower was released on Fire Records to critical acclaim which was soon followed with her second record ‘Centrifics’ released last year. Prominently featuring on Rough Trade’s ‘Albums Of The Year’ and receiving praise from The Guardian as one of their 2023 Most Promising Musical Newcomers, Marina continues to gather new fans globally.
A rare and super talented newcomer, Marina recently toured the UK selling out London’s Café Oto earlier this year. Across the US has also been touring with Andy Shauf, S. G Goodman, Waxahatchee, Chris Cohen, Billie Marten, Mega Bog, and Bedouine along with some special performances at last year’s SXSW festival.
Based in Los Angeles, Allen is difficult to categorize, drawing from influences as varied as Joanna Newsom, the Beach Boys, loft jazz, Meredith Monk and the New York avant-garde, Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter, Karen Dalton and Fiona Apple. Her music is intricate, fierce, soulful, mesmerizing, warm and bold.
“I went into writing Centrifics knowing I wanted to give myself permission. I was fed up with hiding myself and a fierceness started to enter the songs, which I leaned into. The entire time I was writing, I just kept saying “yes”, that was my only rule. In a way, these songs became a bridge for me to get to the other side and so Centrifics became aspirational. I threw the stone into the ocean as far as I could and then figured out how to swim to it. Instead of trying to get it perfect, the album works as a ladder to confront and hoist myself over all the hurdles, walls, setbacks and suffering. In that way imagination became a tool I desperately clung to rather than a place to recede.”
Her newest masterpiece, Centrifics, is out now on Fire Records.